World War Z

World War Z

[an Oral History of the Zombie War]

Audiobook CD - 2013
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This is the fictional, searing, gruesome account of the decade-long period when civilization stood on the brink of extinction due to a viral plague that transformed anyone it infected into a ghoulish creature with an appetite for living flesh, as told by the civilians, soldiers, and politicians who survived it.


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Nov 07, 2017

Max Brooks writes and weaves a complex narrative and leaves the reader (listener in this specific instance) to pick up the pieces of the unsaid, and the undead. Listening to this well written book is an absolute treat due to its full cast of readers, such as Simon Pegg, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, Common and many more.

This is absolutely worth the investment. I enjoyed the recording very much.

My only gripe at all is that the second half is much stronger than the first half (in my personal opinion...)

Oct 04, 2017

I loved listening to this audiobook, the cast really make the story work well. Some of the great voices are instantly recognizable, Alan Alda in a war story what isn't to love?

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

This audio was completely awesome. Everybody had a different narrator and some really well known actors lend their voices which was great but despite loving the documentary style of the book and the high quality audio... I still just want to give this 3 stars.

Jan 15, 2016

If I would have won the Power Ball I was going to build a time machine and travel back to the year of our Lord 1977 and go on a three to thirteen year tour with the Grateful Dead. For my second time through this, the definitive Zombie Apocalypse novel, I decided to listen to the audio version. And while it was no Jerry Garcia circa '77, it was sweet nonetheless. I realized listening to the "author" interview survivors from around the world that I sadly only read in my own voice and don't use proper accents in my head. But seeing as I can only do one really awful Australian accent this should come as no surprise. Anywho, I highly recommend reading this novel and then a few years later listening to the audio version. Not only is this an entertaining tale playing one my LMOE fantasy but it also has some pretty scathing social commentary to boot.

Jan 04, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the book for its social commentary. It is well written and well thought out. The fact that it's not all about America and offers such a variety of locations and characters is inspiring.

I would have liked the movie more if I hadn't read the book as it could have been several movies or a mini-series. It became something else: A good movie about one guy. I liked that the fellow retelling individual stories and interviewing people is nothing more than a narrator.

I subjected my family to the audio-book on our latest road-trip and they too enjoyed the cast of voice actors fleshing out the stories. I too regret that it has been abridged.

May 29, 2015

One of the best audio books I have ever listened to. If you decide to read World War Z, I would highly recommend this version. The cast, filled with amazing actors, brings an already great story to new heights. Be sure to get the 2013 version, which is ten discs long, and covers the entire book. Well worth the extra five discs!

Apr 13, 2015

Amazing book with an all star cast. Be warned this is the abridged version! The main story line is there but the best stories are left out. This is critical as it turns an amazing collection of survival stories into a somewhat dull book. Recommend purchasing the full audio book or reading the actual book before indulging in this version.

Feb 12, 2015

I was shocked to find I did not like this book. As a proud and devoted horror fan, on top of this story being such a wonderful idea, it came as both a blow and blessed relief when I finally admitted to myself that World War Z completely and totally bored me. I got a quarter of the way in, skipped through the meat of it, read the last few pages and then put a fork in it.

Dec 10, 2014

This is the ABRIDGED version! I didn't realize until the end (when they said thanks for listening to the abridged version) that there were 2 different ones. It's in really tiny print on the box that no one ever reads. Super annoying :(
I don't want my books shortened and dumbed down. I did really like it and thought the cast were great. I just feel jipped and now have to go listen to the complete version (or pay $23 for "The Lost Files" because the library doesn't have it). The full version is 12 hours and the abridged version is only 6! UGH!

Jul 12, 2014

Generally well done zombie story. However, there are about 3 stories / points that are poor: 1) the blind Japanese elderly man fighting off zombies in the wilderness 2) stealing of the Chinese nuclear submarine with the family members of the crew 3) zombies surviving the depths of the ocean without being crushed by the overwhelming water pressure

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